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Lady Ads climb a mountain, reach finals
Revenge is sweet as FHS girls end Bearden season in a huge way


Stephanie Torrence wasn’t ready to say goodbye to her senior teammates just yet.

The junior guard made sure No. 5-seed Farragut’s season continued as she led the Lady Admirals to a 75-53 win against rival No. 4 Bearden in the first round of the District 4-AAA Tournament, Thursday, Feb. 14, at BHS.


It was the third meeting this season between the two teams. The Lady Admirals (20-11 heading to the 4-AAA title game — see related story on this page) won the first game by 16 and the Lady Bulldogs (16-11) dominated the Jan. 18 game and won 67-47.

“It’s tough to come over here and play at Bearden,” Farragut head coach Mike Driver said. “They are a very good team and we had a bad showing the last time we came over here.

“We wanted to make sure that we showed we weren’t the Farragut team that got beat by 20 over here about a month ago, and I think tonight we showed that we were a completely different team.”

Led by Torrence’s 21 points, the Lady Admirals get to keep playing while the Lady Bulldogs see their season end prematurely.

“Emotion was the key,” Torrence said. “I want to keep winning because this is for my seniors and I don’t want them to leave so early.”

After battling through a close first quarter, the Lady Admirals pulled away in the second quarter and took a 40-27 lead into halftime.

Mary Hirst, Bearden junior post and the team’s leading scorer, picked up her third personal foul with 5:32 left in the second and was forced to watch the rest of the quarter from the bench.

“When your best player can’t be on the floor it really limits your team,” Bearden head coach Nathan Hodges said. “We just didn’t have anybody else step up and fill that void, especially on the defensive end. You can’t allow a team to score 40 points in a half and expect to win.”

With Hirst on the bench, the Lady Admirals took advantage of defensive match-ups that would normally be unavailable if Hirst was in the game. As a result, Farragut forced 10 of Bearden’s 22 turnovers in the second quarter.

“When Hirst got in foul trouble in the second quarter we could play a lot more full-court man-to-man because she is hard to match up,” Driver said. “When you lose your top scorer to the bench, it rattles your team a little bit and I think that helped us get a few turnovers in the second quarter.”

Farragut didn’t ease up in the third quarter, as it increased its lead to 60-40 heading into the fourth. The Bearden offense had trouble finding a rhythm all night long due to the stingy Farragut defense that was constantly changing its looks.

“We just tried to change up from zone-presses to man-presses to half-court zone to half-court man-to-man,” Driver said. “I just wanted to change up as much as possible. The girls did a great job of being very coachable and being able to do that. That’s not easy to do, but they did a great job of covering the players like we wanted to cover them.”

Farragut shot 52 percent from the field, while Bearden shot 33 percent. Hirst led Bearden with 17 points and Sarah Canter added 14. Others scoring for Bearden were Taylor Cravanas 13 and Rikki Sanders nine.

“They are our rivals and we are just glad we came out with a victory tonight,” Torrence said. “Our defense was amazing, that was the key.”

Kylann Scheidt had 15 points for the Admirals. Others scoring for Farragut were C.J. Dake 11, Jennifer Rutherford nine, Allison Bosse eight, Brittney Doss five, Stephanie Harris five and Meredith Lindley one point.

It was sweet redemption for the Lady Admirals, who felt like they had a lot to prove after the lackluster performance the last time against Bearden. After being severely out-rebounded during the last meeting, Farragut improved drastically as both teams grabbed 31 rebounds each.

“I think we took care of the ball a lot better and our shot selection was much better,” Driver said. “After we beat the press we didn’t just jack it up and not get a second shot, so we did a lot better on shot selection. I thought we did a lot better job on the boards, which it was even on rebounding. But we didn’t give them a lot of second chance points.”

Seniors Jenna Maynard, Dena Riner, Canter, Stephanie McCray and Angel Fine all made strides throughout their time at Bearden and played a vital role in turning around the program according to Hodges.

“They have meant a great deal and not just this year,” Hodges said about his senior class. “They were sophomores when I became the coach here. The teams before that have been under .500 [winning percentage] for a few years before that. They really bought in and tried to change the culture and I think we have gone from a team where we hope to win every night to now we expect to win every night. We didn’t play our best tonight, but they have meant everything to this team.”

BHS 54 POWELL 44

Bearden closed out the regular season with a 54-44 win Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Powell. Hirst led with 13 points and Ellen Smith had 10. Others scoring for BHS were Riner nine, Joy McCuen nine, Sanders four, Maynard four, Cravanas three and Morgan Thomas two.

KARNS 55 BHS 52

Bearden lost 55-52 to Karns Monday, Feb. 11, at home.

Hirst, Canter and Shayla McDaniel each had nine points for the Lady Bulldogs. Others scoring for Bearden were Cravanas six, Riner six, Sanders four, Smith four, McCuen three and Maynard two.

 

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